The Typhoon Lover

The Typhoon Lover A young woman with a foothold in two cultures Rei Shimura has gone wherever fortune and her unruly passions have led her throughout her chaotic twenties Now after the streamers for her thirtieth bir

  • Title: The Typhoon Lover
  • Author: Sujata Massey
  • ISBN: 9780060765132
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • A young woman with a foothold in two cultures, Rei Shimura has gone wherever fortune and her unruly passions have led her throughout her chaotic twenties Now, after the streamers for her thirtieth birthday celebration have been taken down, the Japanese American antiques dealer and part time sleuth finds herself with an assignment to find and authenticate an ancient MiddleA young woman with a foothold in two cultures, Rei Shimura has gone wherever fortune and her unruly passions have led her throughout her chaotic twenties Now, after the streamers for her thirtieth birthday celebration have been taken down, the Japanese American antiques dealer and part time sleuth finds herself with an assignment to find and authenticate an ancient Middle Eastern pitcher that disappeared from Iraq s national museum.The piece is believed to be in the hands of a wealthy Japanese collector, whose passion for beauty extends to Rei herself But when a devastating typhoon hits Tokyo, Rei is trapped with the object of her investigation and with much much than the fate of an ancient pitcher at risk.

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    1. Antiques dealer and hobby sleuth Rei Shimura has been banned from Japan, but now she has a way back in: The CIA wants her to fly there to track down and authenticate an ancient Middle Eastern pitcher that was stolen from the Iraqi National Museum and now appears to be in the possession of her ex Takeo. Obviously, the typhoon in the title that hits the area during Rei's stay soon becomes the least of her problems, as she stumbles from one blunder to the next and gets herself into serious trouble. [...]

    2. This is a later book in the series of Rei, a Japanese American, antique buyer and dealer, who has on and off again affairs with Hugh, a Scotsman, and Takei, a independently wealthy Japanese flower arranger, both highly attractive. The plot is a bit improbable; the CIA wants Rei to go to Japan, where she has been kicked out of because of previous sleuthing, to find out if Takei has an ancient Persian vase, stolen from the Iraq museum. Why would the CIA care? Rei gets into a peck of trouble, and s [...]

    3. This book follows a 30 year old Japanese-Amercian woman as she is hired by our government to uncover a high end ancient artifact smuggling ring in Japan. Without any training. With 1 week or so notice. As far as I can tell, she was given a cell phone, an expense account, and not much else.It actually starts off with her boyfriend throwing her a big late, late (week night) party in Washington DC for her birthday. That made very little sense either. In Japan, she ends up walking through a typhoon [...]

    4. Improbable but entertaining. Rei Shimura has been banned from Japan for her sleuthing but gets a chance to return thanks to the CIA. The agency wants to know about an ancient Iraqi ewer that has turned up in Japan, and although Rei's specialty is Japanese antiquities, she has the connections to find out what the government wants to know. The plot never answers the basic question: why does the American government care about an ancient piece of Middle Eastern pottery? Despite this, the book is ent [...]

    5. One of my favorites in Sujata Massey's Rei Shumura series. (I am busting a gut with excitement about her new The Sleeping Dictionary, coming out in August.) Rei Shumura is an antiques dealer (and sleuth) with ties to the US and Japan. Her D.C. details ring very true, making me trust her descriptions of the exotic and utterly mysterious Tokyo. In this one, Rei is on the trail of an ancient ceramic pitcher that went missing from the Iraqi national museum. It leads her from Washington to Kyushu--an [...]

    6. Badly edited on several levels, and Rei seems to be brand-dropping a lot.Plus.wow, the plot's even more improbable than I remembered: sending her to Japan to investigate a possible looted artifact based solely on the fact that she used to date the guy who has it now? when she has no training in activities of this sort? Antiques, sure, but Middle Eastern ceramics aren't her area of expertise! Never mind the whole espionage aspect of things. Was there really no person better suited for the mission [...]

    7. This Rei Shimura novel is so different from the others I've read, and so good. Rei's life is changing, and she can't ever go back to how things were before. You know what I love about these? They're all about antique art and furniture, but they manage to be gripping. This one is about a ceramic pitcher. I was intrigued. Also, this book is hot. I do prefer one of Rei's boyfriends to the other.

    8. I actually listened to this books via audible.Rei gets into trouble after agreeing to visit Japan and her former lover to see if one of his pieces of pottery is a stolen item from Afghanistan.She manages to visit the property where she suspects the item is during the typhoon, but afterwards the item is smashed and unwanted publicity follows.I enjoyed this episode, despite all of the personal losses she suffers as a result of this job.

    9. I enjoyed this book- it is again, kind of a no brainer entertaining storyline. It had a little bit too much romance for my liking but I liked the character, and her profession in art history. you also felt like you were right along side her in Japan. It is a good read, I need to read her previoius books to get caught up.

    10. Rei Shimura travels back to Japan on a special mission for the Smithsonian and becomes involved once again with her former boyfriend. Which causes problems, once again, with her current boyfriend. Sometimes I find the plot lines a little confusing, but I continue to enjoy this series, which is for the most part, very well written.

    11. Rei's advertures are always fun. I enjoy walking and riding subways in Japan with Rei, eating in her favorite restaurants, and chatting with her family and friends. Her relationship with Hugh is off and on, and one never knows just where in her mind she stands with him. Searching for antiquities brings Rei back to her beloved Japan and her former boyfriend Takeo, and then the fun begins.

    12. Hyvä Shimura-kirja, jossa Rei ja Hugh vihdoin eroavat ihan oikeasti. Toisaalta, voi olla että jo seuraavassa kirjassa he taas palaavat yhteen Muutenkin hyvä kirja, jossa juoni ei ole aivan yhtä mukaansatempaava kuin joissain edellisissä Shimura-kirjoissa, mutta joka tempaa silti mukaansa Japanin kiehtovaan maailmaan.

    13. It had been a number of years since I read a book in this series--I loved the first few when Rei was in Japan but her moving to the USA made them less interesting for me. Also her romance problems detracted from the mysteries. I liked this one better as she was back in Japan, although I have to say that the whole scenario was a bit far-fetched. Still, better than the last couple.

    14. All of her books are good. Not great, but always solid. I really enjoy the main character. And the books set in Japan are very eye-opening—you learn a lot about Japanese culture ad a woman's experience in Japan. A very addictive series.

    15. This sort of mystery is more my speed. Many fewer creepy problems Of course, the plot is full of holes and is not realistic, but light mysteries don't require verisimilitude. An excellent vacation read

    16. Glad to see Rei back in Japan -- I much prefer the books in this series that take place there. The author's wonderfully evocative description of everyday life in that country is what makes this series worth reading; the mystery plots are incidental by comparison.

    17. Fun. This series hasn't gone at all like I thought it would when I started reading it. But I like where it's going. This is more of a spy novel than a straight mystery. Very odd. And very enjoyable.

    18. lots of holes and inconsistencies in this one, but still a great character. I didn't always believe the events would play out as she was describing, but I enjoyed the ride anyway. I like it when she explains features of Japanese society and culture, which were a bit less in this book.

    19. This author has some nice characters but I wish she would decide what genre she is writing- this one is spy suspense, sort of, and moves the heroine back to Japan and makes thirty seem like it ancient and I will still read the next book in the series cause I'm hooked.

    20. Things took a turn in this book and Rei basically became a spy for the US government. And she screwed up her love life once again. She's 30 now, you'd think she'd get it straight for once. I liked for once that the mystery of the theft and death wasn't really anyone specifics fault.

    21. I am very addicted to Rei's story. Even though I disapprove of most of decisions and feel like she it putting herself in danger, I continue to read. What can I say? She is somehow a charming narrator.

    22. First Massey book that didn't work for me just not me cup of tea--a bit on the meshugannah side; still plan to read others. Hoping this was the exception-- the bad seed.

    23. My first Sujata Massey book and I was hooked, couldn't read it quick enough. A really good enjoyable read. Thoroughly recommend it.

    24. Loved this one because Rei fnally gets to go back to Japan but she loses Takeo and Hugh in the process but gains some credibility with a hazy clandestine Government agency. Future possibilities???

    25. This was ok. At least Rei was back in Japan. Massey would do well to spend more time on her protagonist than she does on food.

    26. Another page-turner after-work book series I can turn to. This was a great read. More after-work crack for me to devour.

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